Pop Culture-Inspired Halloween Costumes That Will Make You Seem ~In the Know~ (And Not Lazy)

Not to be total Debbie Downers, but the older you get, the less magical Halloween becomes. Sure, you get to replace candy with cocktails, but despite what Party City commercials will have you believe, coming up with a costume is not easy (or fast or cheap)! Unlike children, adults are expected to bring a certain air of sophistication to Halloween. Can you dress like a black cat? Yes. Will people think you’re lazy and uninspired? Double yes.

With that, we decided it was time to up the ante. Considering we as a society live, sleep, eat and breathe pop culture, why not channel that for your Halloween costume this year? Oh, and get this, you can pretty much just throw something together from the stuff that you already have laying around your house.

To be clear, there are a *few* exceptions … unless, er, you’re super eccentric and happen to have the supplies to recreate a cheeseburger ensemble in your humble abode, but more on that later.

One sinfully easy pop culture costume you can consider is dressing as Ariana Grande. An oversized sweatshirt and thigh-high boots are the bedrock of the look, and once you add the pop star’s signature high ponytail, you’ve pretty much nailed the look. Another easy-to-replicate Hollywood Halloween look is rapper Frank Ocean‘s unassuming 2019 Met Gala outfit. The “Thinkin Bout You” singer donned black pants, a Prada windbreaker and a white shirt and tie during the annual fashion event, which made him look pretty nondescript — and would make this an easy costume to pull together.

It would also be pretty effortless to create a good Justin Bieber costume. No, you wouldn’t have to purchase any clothing from his Drew clothing line if you don’t want to. In fact, just find an old hoodie or T-shirt and draw the smiley face logo right on the front. Pair that with some basketball shorts, sneakers and a beanie and you’ll practically be more Justin than Justin himself. You’d be surprised how great your pop culture costume can be on the cheap!

Scroll through the gallery below to see the only pop culture-inspired Halloween costumes you’ll ever need. 

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